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Tokeneke School Participates in the Hour of Code
We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school will join people across the globe by participating in our 4th school-wide Hour of Code event on November 30th. Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 3-7) is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper who was born on December 9, 1906.
In order to generate enthusiasm about the event and computer science, the students are using activities on Code.org® to learn the beginnings of computer science. “Code.org® is a non- profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color”. Code.org® is also the organizer of the world wide Hour of Code event. Students can enjoy the different activities available at Code.org® - just click the link. Kindergartners and 1st graders started practicing their on coding activities using LightBot. It is available through the Code.org site but here is a direct link to it. http://lightbot.com/hour-of-code.html
Don't forget to check out Tokeneke's collection of eBooks and audiobooks that you can access through OverDrive's Sora app. The new ebooks purchased will be sure to keep readers entertained. If you need information about using this collection contact Ms. Choiniere, Tokeneke School's librarian. Information about logging in is available in the guide below.
Here is an interesting article regarding the benefits of listening to audiobooks. The author, Daniel Willingham, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has written numerous articles about education. In the past his research has included studying the brain with a focus on learning and memory.
I like to think that the library is full of treasure. The definition of treasure depends on the patron. The treasure could be books or new technologies or an oasis for learning. What will the 2018-2019 school year bring? What memories will we make? I know some students will say they are looking forward to another Hour of Code event in December. Others will start to talk about the Book Fair that will take place in the spring. The 5th graders are probably anticipating the day they get to take home their Chromebooks as part of the DPS 1:1 initiative. I know that students will read new books that allow them to use their imaginations. They'll ask questions and dig for answers. Let's set out to take some risks this year. We will learn to "try again" and celebrate each person's success. At Tokeneke, we are a community of wonderers, learners and readers.
As part of the library program of study, students participate in lessons that connect the Tokeneke Kid's Code to digital citizenship. The activities and lesson plans were developed by the organization, Common Sense. "Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century." The goal of these lessons is to help students be Kind and Accepting, Honest and Responsible, Safe and Peaceful, Respectful to All, while working in a digital environment. You might find the information on the Common Sense site help. The link below will take you to the Parent Concerns page. From there you can access all that Common Sense has to offer.
"Our Mission." Common Sense, Common Sense Media, www.commonsensemedia.org/reviews. Accessed 27 Sept. 2017.
How to Access Dreambox, Typing Club and other apps from home:
- Click on this link to get to login for All Elementary Apps.
- Follow the instructions in the guide below for using a Clever Badge and camera (K - Grade 1) or Google Account Login if you don't have the badge and camera access.
Searching for Images
The Internet makes searching for images very easy but not all images have been added to sites with the rights for people to use. Part of being a good digital citizen is knowing how to find images you are allowed to use and how to provide the proper citation for the images. Below is an instructional video that I created to help students learn how to change their search settings when using Google. The video is also available under the Online Resources tab as well as the Tokeneke Library Google Site for Students